Gidgegannup Primary students to give spirit of Christmas a voice

Gidgegannup Primary School Choir.
Gidgegannup Primary School Choir.

GIDGEGANNUP Primary students will give voice to the spirit of Christmas when they sing out for people in need on Tuesday in Midland.

Music teacher Jodie Lawrence said the school was a big supporter of the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal and the choir would open the appeal at 10.30am, outside Kmart in Midland Gate Shopping Centre.

“The choir will be singing songs like Count on Me by Bruno Mars, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and also some Christmas tunes such as Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, Deck The Shed With Bits of Wattle and Beautiful Christmas,” she said.

“This will be the fourth year the school has been involved with the appeal. They have a love for music and are passionate singers,” she said.

The choir has more than 60 singers from Year 5 and 6, with many students having sung together for several years.

Ms Lawrence said gifts donated at Kmart would be collected and distributed by their charity partners, The Salvation Army and Mission Australia.

“This year, they aim to raise more than 500,000 gifts nationally, while the Midland store has set a goal of collecting more than 3500,” she said.

The Wishing Tree Appeal is one of Australia’s largest Christmas gift appeals and in the past 29 years has collected more than 8 million gifts for those in need.

People who wish to donate take a tag from the Wishing Tree, indicate the age and gender suitability, then place the gift under the Christmas tree outside Kmart.

New or handmade unwrapped gifts are welcome and alternatively, may be left at an express drop off near the front of the store.

The Salvation Army will collect the gifts left under the Christmas tree every day, from November 14 until Christmas Eve.